A comprensive Comparison of the Static Performance of Commercial GaN-on-Si Devices

Samuel Perkins, Anastasios Arvanitopoulos, Konstantinos N. Gyftakis, Neophytos Lophitis

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Abstract

Gallium Nitride (GaN) based devices on Silicon (Si) substrates (GaN-on-Si) promise unmatched performance at low cost. Despite this theoretical promise, the lattice and thermal conductivity mismatch between the GaN and Si has obstructed the realization of reliable electrically graded high voltage devices. Recently, a small number of manufacturers have claimed the successful development of such devices. Panasonic and Transphorm among a few others have also made their devices available in the open market. The commercial availability of these devices, (something common only for mature technologies),
proves the remarkable progress that has been achieved. In this paper, a comprehensive and experimentally derived comparison of the static performance is made between the 600 V Panasonic PGA26C09DV Gate Injected Transistor (GIT) and the 600 V Transphorm cascode TO-220 series devices. The Si 650 V Infineon SPA15N60C3 Super-Junction (S-J) provides a reference with Si technology. The Panasonic devices feature a p-GaN layer which makes them one of the first Enhancement mode (E-mode) GaN power devices on the market, whereas the Transphorm devices are Depletion-mode (D-mode) High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMTs) cascaded with a low voltage (LV) Si Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (MOSFET). Despite the Panasonic and Transphorm devices being examples of GaN-on-Si aiming for the same applications, the measurements and analysis shows that their performance is very different.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 5th IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications (WiPDA 2017)
PublisherIEEE
Pages177-184
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-3117-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-3118-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2017
Event5th IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications - Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, Albuquerque, United States
Duration: 30 Oct 20171 Nov 2017

Conference

Conference5th IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications
Abbreviated titleWiPDA 2017
CountryUnited States
CityAlbuquerque
Period30/10/171/11/17

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Keywords

  • B1505A
  • cascode GaN
  • E-mode
  • GaN HEMT
  • power devices
  • static performance

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    Perkins, S., Arvanitopoulos, A., Gyftakis, K. N., & Lophitis, N. (2017). A comprensive Comparison of the Static Performance of Commercial GaN-on-Si Devices. In The 5th IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications (WiPDA 2017) (pp. 177-184). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/WiPDA.2017.8170543